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NZ Herald

Many of the nation's baby boomers are selling their baches in exchange for a motor home or caravan - but a sting in the tail has prompted a $50,000 consumer warning. The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) has reported an upsurge in complaints about unauthorised gasfitting of motor homes, camper vans and caravans.



Boom threatens different kind of boom

One example concerned a man fined $5000 earlier this year; he did not hold a gasfitting licence when he installed a refrigerator and gas pipes, connected the pipes to the gas supply and installed a ventilation system for the gas appliance in a motorhome.

His work created a substantial risk the fridge would overheat and fail - and it did so - and it created a risk of a gas leak, in turn creating a risk that a fire or explosion could result.