Wow guys- I appreciate all the helpful advice and especially the photos. Yeah, the wind on the beach could be a problem with the awning- might want to hold off on that one.
As for the back porch- it would always be flipped down once I get on the island. The main purpose is to get out of the sand- grill food without sand and not track in lots of sand. We fish all day and most of the night so there are tons of trips in and out of the camper- the deck would catch most of the abuse.
There is water on Portsmouth Island if you take water with you on the beach. You can always use fish cleaning station water at the end of the day to hose down everything- but this helps very little on the beach.
I would think the kind of deck your are wanting, would have to be supported with external jacks on all corners. You are looking at least for a 6' X 8' for 4 adults. You could not carry anthing on the deck while traveling plus you would have to lower it each time to get in the camper (unless you have a side entrance).
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You are absolutely correct. Good advice. The decks I have looked at do not have leg supports (chains only). I have a shop but we work with metal only and I really want aluminum for the weight issues. Crossing ferrys and such would require it all to be folded up as well.
I know I am asking for a lot here- but I have been camping/fishing long enough to know what I want. I've seen some pretty heavy duty back decks at the Banks over the years built out of Virginia and some right here out of Advance/Lexington NC. I'm am not a welder guy- these dudes have all the equipment and know how.
Half the fun is figuring it all out- I just can't break the bank in the process!