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The pilot light blows out every time the main burner shuts off. It will light, the main burner comes on, everything seems ok until the main burner shuts off, then the pilot light goes off also as if the main burner is blowing it out as it shuts off.

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    the pilot comes on but the burner does not.

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It's the thermocoupler ( about $20 ) that is bad replace it. if that doesnt do it it is the box with the on/off/ pilot button ( about $175 ) I found a complete unit at www.americanrvcompany.com for $275 plus shipping ($300 total) and that is how i fixed the exact problem with mine.

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Pilot light set too low check gas valve

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