are found in every water heater made by SUBURBAN due to different tank construction and alloy. Atwood claims that the alloy mix they use does NOT require the use of an anode.
They WILL NOT HONOR their warranty, and I had a situation last year where the owner installed a 'Hot Rodd' electric heating element into the drain as a heating booster. When the board failed and was to be replaced, the presence of the aux. heater voided the claim.
The company literature claims that an anode is not required. I haven't seen many Atwoods that had tank failure. Just be sure to drain and flush out the tank once a year and you should be fine.