Call for Crayford foxhunt after tradesman's Ford Transit wires chewed three times

Call for Crayford foxhunt after tradesman's Ford Transit wires chewed three times

Kevin May in Crayford with his Ford Transit and wiring chewed by foxes.

Mr May holds the damaged wiring.

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A CRAYFORD tradesman wants to start a fox hunt after his new van was vandalised three times by the bushy-tailed beasts.

Kevin May, 61, leased his latest model Ford Transit in August but by September 16 warning lights were flashing all over the dashboard, forcing him to take the silver vehicle in for a service at SMC Ford in Crayford.

The heating engineer was told wires on the underside of his van had been chewed by foxes in what is apparently a common problem for transits, costing him the uncommon sum of more than £470 to fix.

The Hurst Road resident said: "Foxes are everywhere, you just can't stop them really.

"I was trying to arrange a hunt in Hurst Road but that wouldn't go down well with the neighbours"

When asked if he was in favour of hunting after being outfoxed by the urban variety of the red vermin, Mr May said: "I definitely am, tally ho!

"Could I see myself on a horse? Yes, as long as it's a small one."

He has since been back to the garage with his van after it was chewed  twice more, with SMC agreeing to pay for the damage the second time but not after the latest foxy attack.

Mr May added: "The receptionist told me 'you are not the first and you won't be the last'.

"Personally I think they have been putting chicken grease on it the way it has happened three times."

He plans to encase the open wiring in chicken wire next time it is fixed.

The van still runs but Mr May claims eager fox teeth have stopped the ABS brakes, cruise control and hill start functions from working.

Has your van been nibbled by naughty foxes? Would you like to see them hunted? Ring 01689 885702, e-mail tim.macfarlan@london.newsquest.co.uk or tweet @NewsShopperTim

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2:27pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Outandabout says...

Foxhunts are 'sports'. The owners of the hunts actually help breed the foxes for their 'sport' by slaughtering Deer and other animals so that the family of Foxes can breed and provide suitably well fed and healthy prey. Foxes are territorial so if you hunt it, kill it or trap it another fox will take it's place once it is gone. No idea what to suggest to procect the vans.They are annoying animals and have in the past circumvented my obstacles and still manage to kill one of my chickens.
Foxhunts are 'sports'. The owners of the hunts actually help breed the foxes for their 'sport' by slaughtering Deer and other animals so that the family of Foxes can breed and provide suitably well fed and healthy prey. Foxes are territorial so if you hunt it, kill it or trap it another fox will take it's place once it is gone. No idea what to suggest to procect the vans.They are annoying animals and have in the past circumvented my obstacles and still manage to kill one of my chickens. Outandabout
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2:30pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Outandabout says...

and, as for 'encasing the wire in Chicken wire......it is called 'Chicken wire' for a reason. Chickens are thick and will not escape. Foxes chew through chicken wire. You need something that they can't chew through!
and, as for 'encasing the wire in Chicken wire......it is called 'Chicken wire' for a reason. Chickens are thick and will not escape. Foxes chew through chicken wire. You need something that they can't chew through! Outandabout
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2:44pm Mon 22 Oct 12

patwoodhouse says...

Suggest parking the van in a garage - either his own or a rented one? Still has to be cheaper than the cost of regular repairs.
Suggest parking the van in a garage - either his own or a rented one? Still has to be cheaper than the cost of regular repairs. patwoodhouse
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4:38pm Mon 22 Oct 12

the wall says...

ABS breaks - Brakes.

Adaptaflex Steel Conduit might do the trick.
ABS breaks - Brakes. Adaptaflex Steel Conduit might do the trick. the wall
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7:01pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Gypo.Joe says...

Foxes what a load of bollix. More like rats or mice. My old lady had the same thing on her Merc. It was mice.

Ya idjuts.
Foxes what a load of bollix. More like rats or mice. My old lady had the same thing on her Merc. It was mice. Ya idjuts. Gypo.Joe
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10:28am Tue 23 Oct 12

the wall says...

american football wrote:
the wall wrote: ABS breaks - Brakes. Adaptaflex Steel Conduit might do the trick.
what fixing steel conduit to the underside of a van? not allowed ,you could easily rupture the fuel tank like that lol
What are you going on about?
[quote][p][bold]american football[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: ABS breaks - Brakes. Adaptaflex Steel Conduit might do the trick.[/p][/quote]what fixing steel conduit to the underside of a van? not allowed ,you could easily rupture the fuel tank like that lol[/p][/quote]What are you going on about? the wall
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10:41am Tue 23 Oct 12

papaleigh says...

the wall wrote:
american football wrote:
the wall wrote: ABS breaks - Brakes. Adaptaflex Steel Conduit might do the trick.
what fixing steel conduit to the underside of a van? not allowed ,you could easily rupture the fuel tank like that lol
What are you going on about?
ist if you wanted to install steel conduit you would need to disconect ist all the cables then thread them through the steel conduit and reconect them up.. not easy, and very costly excercise 2nd i checked with fords customer services you are not allowed to install any steel conduit at all.. not allowed in any shape of form ridiculous comment because fords would have done this when they built the van in the ist place if they thought it was required.. steel conduit cant be stuck to the underside of the vehicle it has to be drilled and fixed with brackets to secure it.. you are simply not allowed to go drilling the underside of a vehicle in some do-it-your-self exercise.. some people do not engage their brain ist before submitting their comments!!!
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]american football[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: ABS breaks - Brakes. Adaptaflex Steel Conduit might do the trick.[/p][/quote]what fixing steel conduit to the underside of a van? not allowed ,you could easily rupture the fuel tank like that lol[/p][/quote]What are you going on about?[/p][/quote]ist if you wanted to install steel conduit you would need to disconect ist all the cables then thread them through the steel conduit and reconect them up.. not easy, and very costly excercise 2nd i checked with fords customer services you are not allowed to install any steel conduit at all.. not allowed in any shape of form ridiculous comment because fords would have done this when they built the van in the ist place if they thought it was required.. steel conduit cant be stuck to the underside of the vehicle it has to be drilled and fixed with brackets to secure it.. you are simply not allowed to go drilling the underside of a vehicle in some do-it-your-self exercise.. some people do not engage their brain ist before submitting their comments!!! papaleigh
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11:02am Tue 23 Oct 12

Gypo.Joe says...

american football wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
Foxes what a load of bollix. More like rats or mice. My old lady had the same thing on her Merc. It was mice. Ya idjuts.
rats or mice on their hind legs chewing pipes about a foot from the ground ,lol
Got yet ANOTHER sockpuppet account have we Billy Sollicks.

Run along now there's a fat fool that you are.
[quote][p][bold]american football[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Foxes what a load of bollix. More like rats or mice. My old lady had the same thing on her Merc. It was mice. Ya idjuts.[/p][/quote]rats or mice on their hind legs chewing pipes about a foot from the ground ,lol[/p][/quote]Got yet ANOTHER sockpuppet account have we Billy Sollicks. Run along now there's a fat fool that you are. Gypo.Joe
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11:06am Tue 23 Oct 12

the wall says...

papaleigh wrote:
the wall wrote:
american football wrote:
the wall wrote: ABS breaks - Brakes. Adaptaflex Steel Conduit might do the trick.
what fixing steel conduit to the underside of a van? not allowed ,you could easily rupture the fuel tank like that lol
What are you going on about?
ist if you wanted to install steel conduit you would need to disconect ist all the cables then thread them through the steel conduit and reconect them up.. not easy, and very costly excercise 2nd i checked with fords customer services you are not allowed to install any steel conduit at all.. not allowed in any shape of form ridiculous comment because fords would have done this when they built the van in the ist place if they thought it was required.. steel conduit cant be stuck to the underside of the vehicle it has to be drilled and fixed with brackets to secure it.. you are simply not allowed to go drilling the underside of a vehicle in some do-it-your-self exercise.. some people do not engage their brain ist before submitting their comments!!!
Thanks for the info.

You really think Fords would have fitted something like that ? Instead of the extra money Fords could make on parts and labour? Also this van is leased. If it's your own van then there is not much to stop you.

On one of my classic cars I have braided hoses. I fitted these myself as they last longer and the brake hoses don't flex so much under heavy braking. These were around around when the car was made, however the makers knew they could save and make money on the standard hoses.

Some people do not engage their brain ist before submitting their comments!!! and some people have no understanding of spelling, grammar and punctuation.

ist - 1st for example.
.
[quote][p][bold]papaleigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]american football[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: ABS breaks - Brakes. Adaptaflex Steel Conduit might do the trick.[/p][/quote]what fixing steel conduit to the underside of a van? not allowed ,you could easily rupture the fuel tank like that lol[/p][/quote]What are you going on about?[/p][/quote]ist if you wanted to install steel conduit you would need to disconect ist all the cables then thread them through the steel conduit and reconect them up.. not easy, and very costly excercise 2nd i checked with fords customer services you are not allowed to install any steel conduit at all.. not allowed in any shape of form ridiculous comment because fords would have done this when they built the van in the ist place if they thought it was required.. steel conduit cant be stuck to the underside of the vehicle it has to be drilled and fixed with brackets to secure it.. you are simply not allowed to go drilling the underside of a vehicle in some do-it-your-self exercise.. some people do not engage their brain ist before submitting their comments!!![/p][/quote]Thanks for the info. You really think Fords would have fitted something like that ? Instead of the extra money Fords could make on parts and labour? Also this van is leased. If it's your own van then there is not much to stop you. On one of my classic cars I have braided hoses. I fitted these myself as they last longer and the brake hoses don't flex so much under heavy braking. These were around around when the car was made, however the makers knew they could save and make money on the standard hoses. Some people do not engage their brain ist before submitting their comments!!! and some people have no understanding of spelling, grammar and punctuation. ist - 1st for example. . the wall
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11:14am Tue 23 Oct 12

the wall says...

I can't see why some type of trunking / conduit can not be fitted and then taken to VOSA for an IVA test. You could even ring them for advice.
I can't see why some type of trunking / conduit can not be fitted and then taken to VOSA for an IVA test. You could even ring them for advice. the wall
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11:30am Tue 23 Oct 12

Hk says...

Dont believe for one minute it is foxes. Why is it they always get the blame and why on earth is a foxhunt needed. Its a cruel cruel sport. This man says he was told it was done by foxes. How can anyone say 100% its caused by foxes unless they see them doing it. Absolutely ridiculous.
Dont believe for one minute it is foxes. Why is it they always get the blame and why on earth is a foxhunt needed. Its a cruel cruel sport. This man says he was told it was done by foxes. How can anyone say 100% its caused by foxes unless they see them doing it. Absolutely ridiculous. Hk
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10:18pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Oldchap says...

Why is it a common problem on Transits? Are they specially flavoured, or don't foxes go for VW / Vauxhall / Nissan etc etc ?
Why is it a common problem on Transits? Are they specially flavoured, or don't foxes go for VW / Vauxhall / Nissan etc etc ? Oldchap
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9:22am Thu 25 Oct 12

ron,,1952 says...

"one of my classic cars" whats that code for "banger" lol mf
"one of my classic cars" whats that code for "banger" lol mf ron,,1952
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10:04am Thu 25 Oct 12

Shower Head says...

Using steel conduit on the underside of a van? haha you've ov never been involved in the building/sparks game mate the underside of any car or van is NOT flat its a joke to suggest doing that!there's a lot of trades who read NS and leave comments haha best joke i seen for a while to beat fox chewing thru a few wires steel conduit? haha!
Using steel conduit on the underside of a van? haha you've ov never been involved in the building/sparks game mate the underside of any car or van is NOT flat its a joke to suggest doing that!there's a lot of trades who read NS and leave comments haha best joke i seen for a while to beat fox chewing thru a few wires steel conduit? haha! Shower Head
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11:48am Thu 25 Oct 12

born n breed says...

Shower Head wrote:
Using steel conduit on the underside of a van? haha you've ov never been involved in the building/sparks game mate the underside of any car or van is NOT flat its a joke to suggest doing that!there's a lot of trades who read NS and leave comments haha best joke i seen for a while to beat fox chewing thru a few wires steel conduit? haha!
HA HA jokes on you. Adaptaflex Steel Conduit clues in the name pal AdaptaFLEX.
[quote][p][bold]Shower Head[/bold] wrote: Using steel conduit on the underside of a van? haha you've ov never been involved in the building/sparks game mate the underside of any car or van is NOT flat its a joke to suggest doing that!there's a lot of trades who read NS and leave comments haha best joke i seen for a while to beat fox chewing thru a few wires steel conduit? haha![/p][/quote]HA HA jokes on you. Adaptaflex Steel Conduit clues in the name pal AdaptaFLEX. born n breed
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12:21pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Guess who ;) AGAIN ! says...

Shower Head u got the CCTV in there boi.
Shower Head u got the CCTV in there boi. Guess who ;) AGAIN !
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12:39pm Thu 25 Oct 12

the wall says...

Shower Head wrote:
Using steel conduit on the underside of a van? haha you've ov never been involved in the building/sparks game mate the underside of any car or van is NOT flat its a joke to suggest doing that!there's a lot of trades who read NS and leave comments haha best joke i seen for a while to beat fox chewing thru a few wires steel conduit? haha!
Have you never heard of braided hoses!

Used on many cars.
[quote][p][bold]Shower Head[/bold] wrote: Using steel conduit on the underside of a van? haha you've ov never been involved in the building/sparks game mate the underside of any car or van is NOT flat its a joke to suggest doing that!there's a lot of trades who read NS and leave comments haha best joke i seen for a while to beat fox chewing thru a few wires steel conduit? haha![/p][/quote]Have you never heard of braided hoses! Used on many cars. the wall
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12:46pm Thu 25 Oct 12

the wall says...

100 Series stainless steel braided hose -4 to -20:
100 Series Uses: Fuel Systems, Coolant Systems & Oil Pressure Systems. Compatibility: Methanol, Water, Oil & Unleaded Fuel.

So you can use this with fuel then you can run a few wires down it to. As the the wires and only exposed in a few places you will not need miles of it.

Do you want a link to the website?
100 Series stainless steel braided hose -4 to -20: 100 Series Uses: Fuel Systems, Coolant Systems & Oil Pressure Systems. Compatibility: Methanol, Water, Oil & Unleaded Fuel. So you can use this with fuel then you can run a few wires down it to. As the the wires and only exposed in a few places you will not need miles of it. Do you want a link to the website? the wall
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9:54am Fri 26 Oct 12

bible scoffer says...

...i see 'the wall' is getting torn a new one on this thread!! rofl!!
...i see 'the wall' is getting torn a new one on this thread!! rofl!! bible scoffer
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12:38pm Fri 26 Oct 12

the wall says...

bible scoffer wrote:
...i see 'the wall' is getting torn a new one on this thread!! rofl!!
How do you work that out ?
[quote][p][bold]bible scoffer[/bold] wrote: ...i see 'the wall' is getting torn a new one on this thread!! rofl!![/p][/quote]How do you work that out ? the wall
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10:25am Mon 29 Oct 12

Guess who ;) AGAIN ! says...

Karl loves the phrase 'ripped a new one', thats because Erastus was always ripping him a new one.


Karl who lets the doogs go ? Bolton another sheet house, anything to get outa dah Palace though.

I'm Spartacus.
Karl loves the phrase 'ripped a new one', thats because Erastus was always ripping him a new one. Karl who lets the doogs go ? Bolton another sheet house, anything to get outa dah Palace though. I'm Spartacus. Guess who ;) AGAIN !
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9:27am Sat 3 Nov 12

charity begins at home says...

Regarding these foxes and this guys transit i had something of the same nature about 10 years ago, they chewed my front mud flaps off and even had a go at the new tyre i had just had fitted, ended up putting flower pots filled with sand around the motor and added fox repellant it seemed to do the trick, but have been told this sort of stuff only happens around mating time.........
Regarding these foxes and this guys transit i had something of the same nature about 10 years ago, they chewed my front mud flaps off and even had a go at the new tyre i had just had fitted, ended up putting flower pots filled with sand around the motor and added fox repellant it seemed to do the trick, but have been told this sort of stuff only happens around mating time......... charity begins at home
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