Link_to url helper not working in render_to_string for Rails 4

I'm trying to get link_to to work when rendering a view outside of a controller. I have tried a couple of different solutions found online. You may notice that one attempt is commented out.

The result is: undefined `host 'method for nil: NilClass

    ac =
    ac.class.include Rails.application.routes.url_helpers

    #context = Rails.configuration.paths['app/views']
    #view =
    #view.class.include Rails.application.routes.url_helpers
    #view.render :layout => 'layouts/pdf.html.haml', :template => 'reports/show.pdf.haml', locals: {alerts:@alerts}

    ac.render_to_string(:layout => 'layouts/pdf.html.haml', :template => 'reports/show.pdf.haml', locals: {alerts:@alerts})


I have also tried riding in class. None of the ActionView :: Base controls work.

class ViewRenderer < ActionView::Base
  include Rails.application.routes.url_helpers
  include ApplicationHelper

  def default_url_options
     {host: Rails.application.routes.default_url_options[:host]}



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