Avatar sometimes invisible, sometimes not, for no discernable reason

I made an avatar with scale-able components that are for changing an environment to look like outer space. I have since learned that avatars disappear when they are off-screen, so this compromises the effect. But i also learned that in unity i can set the mesh to render offscreen. However this appears to have the opposite effect by just not rendering my avatar at all or even my nameplate even when people look directly at me