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Most toilets drop the waste onto a pipe where it makes a 90 degree turn before going into the black tank. The brush may just be right at the bottom and within easy reach, with a small hand, like a wife would have.
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I'd flush the tank. If the brush head doesn't come out, call All Pro Water Flow - there are operators almost everywhere. They'll use their pressure washer gizmo to get everything out of the tank. Cost you around $200, but at least you'll know that there are no obstructions - and you'll get a totally cleaned out tank.

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harbor freight has the camera not bad on price .have fun .things do happen and now you have a camp fire story.
Don't waste your money on a piece of******camera. Read the reviews. A flexible parts retriever can be bought at any auto parts store or on the cheap, a coat hanger should work. Good luck.
I can't even see into my tank from the toilet!!! Not a straight shot down!!! Would need that "piece of******camera" to see the end of the retriever and the item I was trying to retrieve.


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While the OP didn't state, I assume the brush is actually the end of one of the Clorox Toilet Wands. Those are the worst devices as the disconnect is on the handle and it takes very little to release the brush end. Assuming I'm correct, removal is a two step process....

First, flood your black tank and open the toilet valve. If you're lucky it will float to the toilet opening where you can retrieve it. If you're unlucky, it will rise up into the vent pipe. Do this first as you don't want it to get hung up in the lower plumbing. If this fails, go to step two.

Step Two: Make sure you have a clear end attached to your sewer hose so you can observe that little sucker when it passes. Open the black valve fully. I would go to the dump station as they usually have a concrete area with a small wall to contain any spilled sewage. Leave your black hose laying on the concrete and open the valve fully and watch for the brush end to pass. Be sure to clean up the area when you're done. A cheap bottle of bleach will work but be sensitive to the sewer system. I prefer something like simple green. Once the brush end is out, clean and flush your tank as you would normally. Be sure to read the following notes before you start....

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rgatijnet1 wrote:

Most toilets drop the waste onto a pipe where it makes a 90 degree turn before going into the black tank. The brush may just be right at the bottom and within easy reach, with a small hand, like a wife would have.
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And I'll bet you know about that little hand from seeing the middle finger fairly often, right?


Nope, after 50 years of marriage I know about it because I have a wife that is not afraid to help with a problem. There have been many times when her small hands have been able to get in to places where mine will not fit. That is what partners do.

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OP doesn't state how new his rig is or if it might be equipped with one of the newer macerator sewage pumps such as the Sani-Con system. If it has one of these pumps, it is imperative that the brush be removed. Even without such a pump, I don't think a plastic brush will float, but if it was small enough to make it down the toilet it will hopefully flush out the drain port. You probably don't want to flush it into the park drain system either. You might be able to partially open your black water drain and flush and then rinse your black tank without allowing the brush to exit. Then do a 5 gal fill of the black tank and flush fully open into a drain tub. Not going to be a pleasant job. DW dropped a saftey pin down our lav sink and we have tha Sani-Con system. Fortunately it was still in the trap and I was able to fish it out with a flexible magnet/light.

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Make the best of the situation. Drive around long enough to have the brush clean all of the tank sensors before you try to get it out. If it wants to stay there make it work for you.


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wny_pat wrote:

pbitschura wrote:

midnightsadie wrote:

harbor freight has the camera not bad on price .have fun .things do happen and now you have a camp fire story.
Don't waste your money on a piece of******camera. Read the reviews. A flexible parts retriever can be bought at any auto parts store or on the cheap, a coat hanger should work. Good luck.
I can't even see into my tank from the toilet!!! Not a straight shot down!!! Would need that "piece of******camera" to see the end of the retriever and the item I was trying to retrieve.
Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that a camera would not be useful, just not that one.


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I would nearly fill the tank a couple times to see if it flushes through. If not and if it is emptying ok, I would let it be.


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Make the best of the situation. Drive around long enough to have the brush clean all of the tank sensors before you try to get it out. If it wants to stay there make it work for you.

great answer bsinmich!!! when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!!!

Actually, I would get out the industrial sized Wet Vac, puit the long wands on and go dumpster diving...

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