I thought I was faced with this also, and did a fair amount of research into the matter.
There are no service valves installed at manufacture. You'll have to add them, but I'm confident your friend can easily do this, and likely has them "in stock" already.
If he's good with copper (most of them are), he should be able to fix this unit to last a good-while.
I'd agree with Jeff, above. Unless your decision is firm, go ahead and just fix it.
2004 Terry 250RKS, perfect for the two of us and the pups. It recently replaced our Flagstaff 21FB.
2000 F-350 7.3L CC/LB 4WD Lariat 3:73's