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Old 05-07-2021, 07:40 PM   #1
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Plastic Stir Stick in Black Tank!

This could likely go anywhere but this seems appropriate.

Boondocking and dumping dish water into toilet (saving grey tank) when I hear a small “clink”. I then remember that there was a small stir stick in the bottom of the dish tub. Doh!

If I had to guess, it is about 3 inches long. Can I anticipate a future clogged drain or drain hose? It sinks so there isn’t a way to “float” it out.

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Old 05-07-2021, 08:06 PM   #2
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Sure there is a chace of future clog
Drain outlet is 3" so stir stick could get lodged sideways at outlet allowing TP to accumulate

Also a chance that the 3" stir stick will go into drain outlet and come out the end

Keep eye on flow and if you see a decrease in outlet flow then do a backflush up the drain line to push it back inside the tank

Only way to 'solve' it is to remove dump valve and go fishing
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Old 05-07-2021, 08:18 PM   #3
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Is it one of those red plastic coffee stir sticks? I have those and they float, and they're 5" long.

In any case, I wouldn't worry too much about it. If something does start clogging up at least you have an idea what it is. Maybe you'll get real lucky and it will come down lengthwise and just flow out of the hose?
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I know this isn't addressing your immediate problem but have you ever considered using the equalizing-method to transfer volume from the gray to the black tank in order to free up more space in the gray tank?

We used it frequently and it kind of eliminates the need to wash your dishes in a tub and then go and empty it in the toilet which may possibly have prevented what happened to you.

There are lots of threads here on the forum on how to do it and several youtube vids on it if you're interested in giving it a try.

You are transferring the gray water to the black tank so there's no movement of black water involved ...just gray water equalizing because you will always make sure that the gray tank has more volume when doing the procedure. We even did it for awhile without adding an extra knife valve and just collected the trapped gray water in a coffee can.

Here's one video:
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