Kapacitor reading/writing to remote influxdb

I am using Kapacitor as my rules engine and I want to read and write to a remote influxdb instance. I am using docker as the setup and have the environment set up as:

- KAPACITOR_INFLUXDB_0_URLS_0=http://<remote_ip>:8086

I am able to use chronograf to see the data, it just seems as though kapacitor is having an issue reading/writing to the remote instance. Any suggestions on what I could check?