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I did have to use jump leads to start it a few times when the batteries were on their way out. I never had a case where both batteries were stuffed simultaneously, but each time it happened I was able to get it going with a 12v donor vehicle connected to the left-hand battery (as you stand at the front of the vehicle facing the back).
I would need to understand more about how the 12v/24v switchover works before advising you to connect a 24v supply across the positive of one battery and the negative of the other, though - maybe others on this forum can shed some light.
One of my batteries died on my hdj80 in Algerian desert this year (vibrations ...) so we used jump leads connected to hilux battery (single battery) on one side and to the poles of died battery on the other side and the engine stated ok.
So as far as I know the only "bullet proof" backup would be to have two spare batteries which is not really an option - but the chance that two of them will die together is rather small so a single spare battery should be ok.
It may be prudent to take along a second set of jump cables, even small cheap ones. You can boost a 24v vehicle using the 12v batteries of two other cars. I can't remember the particulars of the boosting procedure (it has yet to come up with my 24v Cruiser). Mine is completely 24v so it will be different than your 12-24v system but a set of jumpers attached to each battery should do the trick.
It does seem to be that the batteries rarely fail at the same time but it is in order to ensure the 'best' battery is put to the left of the car (as per sitting in the drivers seat) and then jump the suspect battery on the right.
When you connect the leads and run the doner vehicles engine for three or four minutes you do charge both batteries as I am sure they are in parallel when engine is not cranking.
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